Definition of cisgender in US English:


(also cisgendered)


  • Denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.

    ‘this newfound attention to the plight of black trans folks by primarily cisgender allies is timely and necessary’
    Compare with transgender
    • ‘Being cisgender is having a gender that society considers valid.’
    • ‘It doesn't harm cisgendered women to try and understand the challenges transgendered women experience.’
    • ‘Someone mentioned that they felt judged as a cisgender/ hetero female, which I did not at all.’
    • ‘It would be interesting to see what happens when cisgendered women enter transgendered women space.’
    • ‘It's impossible to be sure (on the Internet no one knows if you're cisgendered) but a sizable minority of these commenters seemed to be female.’
    • ‘I cannot accept the approach that cisgendered women's feminist empowerment would be threatened by accepting that there are (many) transgendered women that are as much female as any other woman.’
    • ‘There were also cisgender researchers involved (such as myself) with diverse research backgrounds.’
    • ‘Research suggests that trans people face higher rates of harassment when compared to cisgender lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.’
    • ‘I identify as a mostly straight cisgender man.’
    • ‘In the defining moment of the film, Hedwig, a MTF transsexual played by a cisgender gay man, kisses Yitzhak, an ambiguously male character played by a cisgender woman.’


1990s: from cis- + gender.